First Principles

Replication Markets: Can You Predict Which Social Science Papers Will Replicate?

Discusses the mechanics of the Replication Markets platform; issues in prediction market and survey incentive design; and the (un)replicability of six social science fields.

Radical Educational Meritocracy: An Ethical and Empirical Defense

A review of behavioral genetics, education policy, and our priorities.

How Much Does Intelligence Matter for Creative Achievement and Professional Success?

A brief review of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY).

The Science of Meditation: Behavioral Outcomes, Neural Substrates, and Inflammation

A review of neuroscience (structural and functional) and genetics research on meditation.

Searching for the Self: Predictive Processing and the Evolution of Subjectivity

A deflationary account of selfhood and qualia. Touches on psychedelic research, Karl Friston's Free Energy Principle, and visual illusions as intuition pumps.

Using Neuroimaging to Predict Recidivism and Identify Psychopaths

A review of early empirical applications and their evidentiary use.

Why Depression Might Be Adaptive

A very general, short review of adaptationist theories of depression.

You (Probably) Aren't Conscious Right Now

Preliminary thoughts on consciousness and attention.

Does Believing in Free Will May Make You Punish More Harshly?

Neuroscience, moral psychology, and inferential issues.

Control of Cheaters in the Transition to Multicellularity

Explores the multilevel selection framework, the role of model organisms, and philosophy of science.

Kin Selection for Alarm Calling Behavior in Rodent Species

If a squirrel makes an alarm call and there are no relatives to hear it, does it make a sound?